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Morning Shots: Dented Oscars, Colorful Balloons, And 'Adjustment' Dance

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Not all the reviews of Matt Damon's latest film, The Adjustment Bureau, have been positive. But this interesting take in The Washington Post focuses on the film's portrayal of dance, which the writer claims is much more accurate and relatable than Hollywood's typical "adolescent view of dancers."

Speaking of interesting takes, this short Los Angeles Times essay suggests that in a world of rapidly multiplying cultural choices and expanded access, the willingness and ability of the viewer to meaningfully exercise discretion becomes more important than ever.

One sign that Pixar's Up has quickly made its way to cultural indelibility is how easy it is to recognize instantly what's going on in this video from the National Geographic Channel's new show, How Hard Can It Be?

How hard is it to keep American Idol's ratings up after the departure of Simon Cowell? Well, at the moment — at least prior to the launch of Cowell's new show, The X Factor — it's not as hard as some people expected it would be.

I very much enjoyed this piece about the pleasures of watching completed, long-running TV shows from the beginning. I do it myself from time to time, but I've never articulated as well as The Guardian's Mark Lawson does why it's sometimes a fascinating study.

It makes sense that, from time to time, somebody's Oscar gets damaged. This story explains what happens next. Of course, in the meantime, it humiliates a probably perfectly nice 15-month-old who probably never should have been asked to hold an Oscar in the first place.

And finally, from the public radio family: I highly recommend the first story in this week's episode of This American Life, about (appropriately enough) This Is Your Life, which was basically reality television before reality television. The story is dark and odd, but it's also very funny — there's a line about a trunk full of liquor that almost made me pull my car over to the side of the road until I stopped giggling.

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